Following news of a large-scale data breach, scammers may contact you to get even more information.
Who Is It Targeting: Payment card holders
What Is It: Phishing scam that steals further information after a data breach
What Are They After: Police in Tallahassee have warned the public about a new scam that cropped up after the Jason’s Deli data breach. Scammers are contacting affected consumers and posing as fraud investigators, employees of the victims’ financial institutions, and more, all trying to gather even more information in order to commit identity theft. By asking you to verify your account information, the security code on the back of your stolen credit card, or other highly sensitive information, they can then steal your identity and use the payment card that was impacted in the data breach.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Never give your information to someone who contacts you out of the blue, regardless of the story they provide.
- Instead, take their information and contact the company directly using a verified phone number.
- Do not simply call a phone number they provide as it could lead right back to the scammers.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from WTXL.com.